Best for the Nest

Faculty & Staff

Gradual Return to Campus Planned

Faculty and staff will initially return to campus in a limited capacity. Priorities will include positions that are needed for research activities or campus reopening as well as some jobs that cannot be effectively completed from home and are critical to ongoing operations. More information about the guiding principles UNCW is using as a foundation for decision-making during this critical time may be found in " Best for the Nest: A Guide for Returning to Campus" (PDF). 

A careful, phased return is planned, and factors guiding the university's reopening include actions to support physical distancing priorities, manage the population density of campus buildings, and provide much-needed protective equipment (face coverings, hand sanitizer stations, plexiglass barriers as needed, etc.) Supervisors will be encouraged to offer flexibility for employees who are members of vulnerable populations or who may have childcare or other family responsibilities. Throughout this process, UNCW will continue to adjust plans based on guidance from the latest CDC, state and local health officials. 


Daily Health Assessment 


Students, faculty and staff who plan to be on campus will be expected to complete a personal daily health assessment. Please check your temperature and perform the health assessment below on a daily basis prior to coming to campus.

Daily Healthy Assessment:

  • Temperature above 100 degrees
  • Cough and/or shortness of breath (or difficulty breathing)
  • Chills, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, or recent history of fever
  • Contact with a person with confirmed or suspected COVID-19

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to coronavirus. People with the above symptoms may have COVID-19. Do not participate in campus jobs, classes or activities until cleared by your medical provider. 

Students and employees should notify the UNCW Student Health Center at 910.962.0587 or coronavirus@uncw.edu if you have COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19.

Students with COVID-19 symptoms should take personal responsibility to stay in their residence hall room or at their off-campus living location (apartment, home, etc.). If you need medical treatment, call your medical provider to let them know you have symptoms before you show up for an appointment and then notify the UNCW Student Health Center at 910.962.0587 or coronavirus@uncw.edu.   

Employees who are exhibiting any of the aforementioned symptoms should contact their health care provider (let them know you have symptoms when making an appointment), notify your supervisor and then notify the UNCW Student Health Center at 910.962.0587 or coronavirus@uncw.edu

If You are Ill


If you suspect you are ill, it is critical to help protect the campus and our community from the spread of COVID-19. Students and employees should notify the UNCW Student Health Center at 910.962.0587 or coronavirus@uncw.edu if you have COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19.

Students with COVID-19 symptoms should take personal responsibility to stay in their residence hall room or at their off-campus living location (apartment, home, etc.). If you need medical treatment, call your medical provider to let them know you have symptoms before you show up for an appointment and then notify the UNCW Student Health Center at 910.962.0587 or coronavirus@uncw.edu.   

Employees who are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms should contact their your health care provider (let them know you have symptoms when making an appointment), notify your supervisor and then notify the UNCW Student Health Center at 910.962.0587 or coronavirus@uncw.edu

Training for Faculty and Staff


All faculty and staff will be expected to complete virtual training before returning to campus. To access the training:

  • Login to mySeaport
  • Select the Administrative Services tab
  • Select UNCW EH&S Vivid Learning Access under the Finance
    and Business Affairs heading, Services subheading.
  • Select “Pandemics: Slowing the Spread” and “Cold, Flu, and
    Transmissible Illness Prevention” to participate in and complete
    the training.
  • When you are done you can print out a certificate if you would like.

These basic programs are designed to offer general information and best practices regarding health and safety measures during a pandemic and/or cold and flu season. These programs are not intended as in-depth courses on these subject matters.

If you have technical difficulties accessing the training or questions or concerns about the training, please contact EHS at ehs@uncw.edu.

Face Coverings


At UNCW, faculty, staff and students will be required to wear cloth face coverings or masks for indoor movement and when participating in meetings, events, classes, gatherings, in shared spaces, standing in lines or queues, and when doing research with others.

Students are not expected to wear a face covering when in their residence hall room, or when alone in an uncrowded outdoor location. Employees are not expected to wear a face covering when working alone in a room or office, or when alone in an uncrowded outdoor location. UNCW will provide two face coverings to students, faculty and staff. (Distribution information will be shared with the campus community as soon as it becomes available.)

Questions? 


  • Check out the "Best for the Nest" FAQ for the answers to many common inquiries.
  • Contact ehs@uncw.edu for information about health and safety guidelines. 
  • Contact bestforthenest@uncw.edu with questions about the phased return to campus.
  • Contact coronavirus@uncw.edu with questions about COVID.